Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums Of 2012

This morning, Pitchfork finished posting its list of the top 50 albums of the year, and if you’ve been reading the site all year, it doesn’t exactly have any huge, sweeping shocks. One minor surprise is at the very top of the list, with Kendrick Lamar just beating out Frank Ocean. And I’m also a bit surprised to see Japandroids finish outside the top 10. And this may be the first time Animal Collective have ever released an album without landing in Pitchfork’s year-end list. As ever, Pitchfork’s list is a pretty good excuse to check out stuff that may have passed you by during the year. Check out Pitchfork’s top 10 picks below.

10 Grizzly Bear – Shields
09 Death Grips – The Money Store
08 Chromatics – Kill For Love
07 Beach House – Bloom
06 Grimes – Visions
05 Swans – The Seer
04 Tame Impala – Lonerism
03 Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel…
02 Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
01 Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City

For the full list, along with blurbs and audio clips, head over here.